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NaNoWriMo Tip #13: Save Your Work

nanowrimoNational Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) launched earlier this month as writers around the globe try to write a 50,000-word novel draft in a single month.

To help the GalleyCat readers taking this challenge, we will be offering NaNoWriMo advice throughout the month. Last year, 341,375 participants wrote a novel in 30 days through the NaNoWriMo program. The writing marathon has generated more than 250 traditionally published novels, according to the organizers.

Our thirteenth tip is: Save Your Work. There is nothing sadder than losing a whole day’s work and inspiration because your computer crashes. We got this idea from Grammarly. They recommend backing up your work using cloud-based storage tools or simply emailing yourself the document as an attachment. Here is more from the blog:

Save early. Save often. Save in at least two places. The power might go out in the middle of your daily writing session. You could drop your laptop on a hard surface. There are a thousand possible calamities that could befall you, but saving on your primary computer may not be enough. If your machine breaks down or gets a virus, you could potentially lose the whole manuscript.

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